December 17, 2017

SLAM! CLICK! BOOM!!! on the Raiders’ 2014 Season

It’s been said that all good things must come to an end.  Well, on Sunday, December 28, a very bad thing came to an end.  That would be the 2014 season for the Oakland Raiders.  They went out without much of a fight as the Denver Broncos destroyed them by a score of 47-14.  It was the same old thing for the Raiders.  The best player on the field was punter Marquette King.  He punted NINE times for 418 yards and four of those punts were downed inside the 20-yard line.  Impressive.  At least the punter knows what he’s doing.  What totally baffles me is how an offense can look so bad.  How in the name of all that is moronic can you not figure out a way to move the ball?  Did you practice during the week?  Did you watch how the Bengals moved the ball against Denver?  They ran the ball right down their throats!  Oh well.  It’s over and it’s done.  Nothing can be done about it.

Now the off season starts.  There are so many questions to be answered.  Who will be the new head coach?  Word was it was going to be Jim Harbaugh.  Wrong.  He’s off to Michigan to try and turn that program around.  A lot of the veteran players are clamoring for Tony Sparano to stick around.  They seemed to play a lot harder for Sparano than they did for Dennis Allen.  Whether he sticks around is up to owner Mark Davis and GM Reggie McKenzie to decide.

One thing to remember is that there are a lot of glaring holes at a lot of positions.  In my opinion, the main thing that needs to be addressed on the offensive side of the ball is a go to wide receiver.  Granted, Andre Holmes and James Jones are good, but they’re not in the elite category and I’ve seen games where they can’t get any separation at all.  A player that could help that situation out immediately is Amari Cooper from Alabama.  If he’s there with the fourth pick in the draft, it would be a wise decision to take him.

There are so many other positions that need to be addressed and unlike how it was when Al Davis was in charge, the Raiders have a lot of money to spend.  Of course, they had a lot of money to spend last year and not many of the players contributed.  For instance, Maurice Jones-Drew carried the ball 43 times for 96 yards and never found the end zone.  LaMarr Woodley had three solo tackles in five games before being put on injured-reserve.  McKenzie needs to stay away from players like that.  Jones-Drew and Woodley were  in the twilight of their careers and their best years were way behind them.  The big question is can he lure quality free agents away from other teams?  Not many players want to come to a team that has an 11-37 record over the last three years.

By the way, if you’re wondering about the title of this article, I can explain.  The first word is “SLAM.”  That means I’m taking the 13 ugly losses from 2014 and I am putting them in a locker and slamming it shut.  Next is the word “CLICK.”  That means I am putting a lock on the door.  The next word is “BOOM!”  I usually use that word when Janikowksi makes a long field goal.  Not this time.  See, while I was putting those losses into the locker, I also included some dynamite.  Now I am going to detonate it.  BOOM!  The 2014 season is gone.

IF the Raiders can have a draft like they did last year and IF they can sign some QUALITY free agents, they might have a decent 2015.  That also depends on who they hire as their next head coach.  I have no control over who the coach will be, but they need a new offensive coordinator.  I think I’ve made my opinion pretty clear about how I feel about Greg Olson.  That’s about all I can say about the Raiders at this time because once again, what will happen in Oakland is yet to be determined.  I’ll be back next Monday with playoff articles.  Until then, take it easy.

The Raider Guy